Former Batman Michael Keaton could play a new Birdman in Spider-Man.
Michael Keaton is back in talks to play a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Early negotiations between Keaton and Sony Pictures were not fruitful, but The Hollywood Reporter says that all sides are back at the table to make a deal. The negotiations are now characterized as being in the final stages, which means the deal is almost signed.
With filming beginning in Atlanta in the next couple months, an official announcement may not be far off. As for which character Keaton is playing, JoBlo is saying Vulture is the main villain after Birth.Movies.Death. previously reported the character’s presence in the film. According to JoBlo, The Tinkerer will create Vulture’s wings via Chitauri technology left behind in the Battle of New York in The Avengers.
Vulture will not be the only character with wings, however, as JoBlo has learned of a new upgrade to Spidey’s suit. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming and have more upgrades to Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) superhero costume than what we saw in Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man will be getting his class web wings from the days of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
It’s only speculation that Tony will be the supplier of the web wings since Peter Parker is more than capable of inventing them for his own suit. We saw Spider-Man absorb a few rough landings in Civil War so the need for a gliding mechanism has already been defined. That need will simply be greater when Spidey has to deal with a flying foe.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is being produced by Marvel Studios for Sony Pictures. It will be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and released on July 7. 2017.